St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley and North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The celebration’s theme is “Standing for Truth, Knowledge and Unconditional Love.” The reception is from 5-6 p.m. on Florissant Valley’s campus in the Terry M. Fischer Theatre, 3400 Pershall Road. The program follows from 6-7 p.m.
Shawntelle Fisher, STLCC-Florissant Valley alumna and founder/CEO of The SoulFisher Ministries will serve as the keynote speaker. The SoulFisher Ministries aims to spread hope and empower youth and convicted felons to be positive, productive, and socially responsible members in the community.
Participants will have an opportunity to sign a gigantic birthday card for Dr. King, which measures 60″ x 120,” and see the talents of North County youth on display as current and former STLCC-Florissant Valley students lead the celebratory program.
The celebration’s student speaker is Marc Wallace; student emcee is Tia Wilks; and vocalist is Daniel Allyn. Participants will also hear winning speeches from NCCU’s Oratorical Contest and music from local choirs.
In addition to being inspired by rousing speakers and choir performances, guests will learn more about why the Ritenour School District is being honored with the 2019 Dr. Rance Thomas Excellence in Community Partnership Award.
“Ritenour School District was chosen because of its commitment to its entire community, its special programs focused on serving often underrepresented individuals and its work in creating a strong partnership with our campus,” said Elizabeth Gassel Perkins, Ed.D., campus provost.
This free event is open to the public, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.